Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a $700-800 million Saudi offer to play LIV Golf, according to Greg Norman

Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a $700-800 million Saudi offer to play LIV Golf

Tiger Woods turned down an offer from the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series worth “somewhere in the neighborhood” of $700 million to $800 million, according to Greg Norman.

Norman confirmed what he told the Washington Post in a story two months ago during an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on Monday night. In June, Norman told the Post that the offer was “mind-blowingly enormous; we’re talking high nine digits.”
Woods has been a vocal opponent of LIV Golf since late last year, and he said at the British Open that players who accepted money from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund had “turned their back” on the PGA Tour that had made them famous.

It was unclear when an offer was made to Woods.

“That figure was public before I became CEO. Yes, that number has been made public “Norman stated this during a Fox News interview on Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, site of the third LIV Golf Invitational.

“And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover, and you have to look at the best of the best,” Norman explained. “So they first approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was in the neighborhood.”

According to various reports out of the United Kingdom, Phil Mickelson received a $200 million signing bonus, while Dustin Johnson received a $150 million signing bonus. The prize money for each event is $25 million, with 48-man fields playing 54 holes with no cut. For next year, Norman has announced a 14-tournament schedule.

LIV Golf currently has only one player ranked in the top 20 in the world, Johnson (No. 18).

The funding source has prompted harsh criticism of the series and the players who have enlisted, as it is seen as an attempt to divert attention away from its human rights record and links to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

When asked why his rival tour has caused such a stir among American golf fans, Norman simply stated, “I don’t know.”

“I don’t really care,” Norman said. “I just love the game so much, and I want to grow the game of golf, and we at LIV see that opportunity not just for men, but for women as well.”

The LIV Golf Invitational takes a month off during the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, returning over Labor Day weekend about an hour west of Boston, and then playing in the Chicago suburbs two weeks later.

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